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Nepal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Nepal - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Nepal's mobile market sees extraordinary growth over five years

Over the years, efforts to expand the telecom sector in Nepal have met with many challenges. Nepal's mountainous topography has made it extremely difficult to develop its telecommunications infrastructure. Furthermore, Nepal had been struggling under an adverse economic situation caused largely by political instability.

The fixed line market in Nepal remains underdeveloped. A major reason for this is due to the dominance of the mobile segment. Overall penetration increased slightly from 2012 to 2017. The market is predicted to increase only slightly further over the next five years to 2022 as the mobile segment continues to grow for both voice and data/broadband usage.

In mid 2017 Nepal Telecom (NT) was speeding up work to extend its coverage to 175 new locations nationwide, while network extension platforms will be shared with other phone companies. The expansion is in line with its aim to connect the remote belt of the country with the telecom network.

The penetration of Internet users in Nepal remains very low by international standards however has grown very strongly over the past five years driven by strong growth in mobile broadband.

Fixed broadband penetration in Nepal remains very low mainly due to a limited number of fixed lines and the subsequent dominance of the mobile platform. Also the declining number of fixed lines is restricting more widespread development of fixed broadband. Over the next five years to 2022 strong growth is expected to continue.

Nepal's mobile market is now relatively developed and has experienced extraordinarily strong growth over the last five years. Moderate growth is predicted over the next five years to 2022. The market will be constrained from higher growth due to very strong local competition and a maturing market.

Key developments:

Nepal has seen a very rapid increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years.
Strong growth in mobile broadband is predicted over the next five years to 2022.
The penetration of Internet users in Nepal remains very low by international standards.
Nepal's mobile market is now relatively developed and has experienced extraordinarily strong growth over the last five years.

Companies mentioned in this report

Nepal Telecom; NDCL; United Telecom Ltd (UTL); Ncell; TeliaSonera; STM Telecom Sanchar Pvt Ltd; Nepal Satellite Telecom Pvt Ltd (NSTPL); Smart Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Nepal - 2017
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • Table Nepal's GDP real growth rate - 2006 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS
      • Table Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
      • Table Key Metrics - Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) - 2017 - 2022
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Nepal Telecommunication Authority (NTA)
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY 1999
      • Universal service
      • Rural Telecommunications Development Fund (RTDF)
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY 2004
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION AND LICENSING
      • Table Licences issued for telecom services
    • FOREIGN ASSISTANCE
    • COMMISSION FOR INVESTIGATION OF ABUSE OF AUTHORITY (CIAA)
    • PRIVATISATION OF NEPAL TELECOM
    • BROADBAND POLICY
    • REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
      • Infrastructure sharing
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • MAJOR OPERATORS
      • Table Fixed subscribers by operator - wireline and WLL - 2017
      • Table Historic - Fixed subscribers by operator - wireline and WLL - 2016
    • NEPAL TELECOM
      • Table Nepal Telecom's fixed subscribers - wireline and WLL - 2006; 2011 - 2017
    • UNITED TELECOM LTD (UTL)
      • Table UTL's subscribers - limited mobility and WLL - 2011 - 2017
    • NEPAL SATELLITE TELECOM (NST)
    • SMART TELECOM (STPL)
      • Table Smart Telecom's subscribers - limited mobility and fixed-line - 2011 - 2017
    • STM TELECOM
      • Table STM's subscribers - limited mobility and fixed-line - 2013 - 2017
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
    • FIXED LINE STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historical - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2005
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers - wireline and WLL - 2010 - 2017
    • FIBRE NETWORKS
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Overview
      • Proposed satellite
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • BACKGROUND
    • ISP MARKET
    • FIXED BROADBAND STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Data and Internet subscribers by technology - 2016 - 2017
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Fixed Broadband Subscribers (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
    • INTERNET STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Internet Users and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2011
      • Table Internet bandwidth capacity - 2001 - 2017
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE STATISTICS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2007 - 2022
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 1999 - 2011
    • MOBILE BROADBAND AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) - 2011 - 2022
    • MOBILE REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum
      • Pricing
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • OPERATORS
      • Table Mobile operators and systems
      • Table Mobile operators and market share - 2017
      • Table Historic - Mobile operators and market share - 2016
    • NEPAL TELECOM (NT)
      • Table Nepal Telecom (NDCL) - mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2017
    • NCELL
      • Table Ncell's mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2017
    • SMART TELECOM
      • Table Smart Telecom- mobile subscribers - 2016 - 2017
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-COMMERCE
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTERNET PROTOCOL TV (IPTV)
    • VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP)
  • RELATED REPORTS

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